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Man sentenced for Milltown arson

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The man convicted of three counts of arson in Milltown-Head of Bay d'Espoir was sentenced in provincial court in Grand Falls-Windsor Jan. 18.

Donald MacHaight, 49, to serve four years less time served

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – A man convicted of three counts of arson regarding a series of incidents in Milltown-Head of Bay d’Espoir was sentenced in provincial court Jan. 18.  

Donald MacHaight, 49, of Morrisville set fire to the town hall, school and RCMP detachment in the community a year ago. A sentence of four years, minus time served, was handed down, which leaves MacHaight with 911 days to serve in custody, or about two and a half years. He is also subject to a DNA order.  

Crown prosecutor Karen O’Reilly said a request for restitution for the destruction of the RCMP building was made but Judge Robin Fowler declined, saying the sum – in the realm of $1.5 million – would amount to cruel and unusual punishment, taking into account MacHaight’s circumstances and mental state.  
The accused himself filed a 25-page letter with the courts, explaining his difficult history. He was ordered to pay $200 of victim surcharges for each count, totalling $600.  

The Crown has 30 days to decide if it is going to appeal the decision.  

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